This gritty, dark, and complex novel reintroduces us to Hazel Moran, the tough-as-nails amateur sleuth who first appeared in Last Exit in New Jersey — named one of the top three mysteries in the 2010 Red Adept Annual Indie Awards.

Seven years ago, someone destroyed Jake Stevenson’s dreams by murdering his fiancée, Helen Matthews, and her family. Stevenson thinks the truth behind the killer’s identity and motive might still lie in the most elusive place — buried within the mind of a semi-mad man. But Stevenson may have found the means to access Hammon’s suppressed memories, and cleverly he draws Hazel into his hunt. Can she trust Stevenson, or does he have a hidden agenda? Hazel has her suspicions — but she has her own reasons for playing along.

Someone who definitely doesn’t trust Stevenson is Hammon, the oddly protective, severely scarred, and strangely familiar young man who’s been following Hazel around. To protect her from becoming the next casualty of a forgotten history now repeating itself, he must retrace a treacherous path of deceit and murder.

Get lost in this complex thrill ride of exploding cars, suspicious suicides, and psychological twists. This time, it’ll take all of Hazel’s tough, no-nonsense smarts to reach the surprising finish.